Globix Provides Complete Internet Streaming Solutions for A&E;’s Live by Request Series
NEW YORK – January 4, 2000
Globix Corporation (NASDAQ:GBIX) has announced that it is providing A&E;’s Live by Request with an end-to-end streaming solution for the Webcast concert series and hosting of the Live By Request homepage (www.livebyrequest.com).
Globix provides these services under agreement with Automatic Productions, the New York-based television, film and video production company that produces Live By Request. The next show will feature the Eurythmics, airing January 19, 2000 at 9:00 p.m. EST.
In addition to a two hour live television broadcast on the A&E; Network, (reaching over 78 million households in North America) and a national radio simulcast, A&E;’s Live By Request is now also Webcast live via www.livebyrequest.com. In keeping with the unique, interactive format of the series, Live By Request performers take song requests throughout the broadcast via either an 800 number or the livebyrequest.com Web site.
Globix has also provided the video streaming and Web site hosting solutions for recent Live By Request concerts, including: Earth Wind and Fire (July 17th, 1999) Reba McEntire (November 23rd 1999)
The Globix Streaming Media Group provides a multi-faceted solution for the concert series. For these events, Globix will provide a single-source service that encompasses live encoding, hosting both the streams and the Web site in the Company’s state-of-the-art Internet Data Center and broadcasting over the Globix Network. Using Microsoft’s streaming media platform, Windows Media, Globix will encode the broadcast for a range of Internet connection speeds and provide a worldwide audience with access to this special event.
‘This live-live show always generates huge excitement for the viewers, but even above and beyond that, A&E;’s Live By Request has always tapped in to the latest and best entertainment technologies,’ said Kris Slava, Supervising Producer, A&E;’s Live By Request. ‘This TV show has grown up alongside the Web. Now Automatic Productions and Globix have found another great way to juice up the overall mix, enabling Live By Request to continue to build its momentum.”Live By Request is the only live, truly interactive, music performance series on television. The Web site and Webcast components help to make this show the success that it is,’ said Steve Sterling, Vice President of Development and Marketing for Automatic Productions. “As we move into our fourth year of supplying these shows to A&E;, America’s fastest growing cable network, Globix is being looked upon by all of us as our ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ upon which we will be growing the capacity and entertainment value of our property. The people at Globix are unshakable and their technical capability helps us all sleep better at night – and that means a lot in our end of the business!”
The Live By Request series is creating a ground-breaking opportunity for Web users looking to experience a truly interactive approach to content. It combines the traditional television broadcast model with a heightened interactive Web experience to complement the broadcast medium,’ said Dan Rayburn, Worldwide Manager of the Globix Streaming Media Group.
Automatic Productions is an award-winning television, film and video production company responsible for a variety of highly rated and critically acclaimed programs which include A&E;’s Live By Request, Sessions at West 54th, Billboard Latin Music Awards and the Johnny Cash Tribute. The company offers a wealth of services in the fields of development, domestic and international distribution, promotion, marketing and corporate communications.
Globix is a leading provider of advanced Internet hosting, network and applications solutions for business. Globix delivers services via its secure state-of-the-art Internet DATA Centers, its high-performance global backbone and content delivery network, and its world-class technical professionals. Globix provides businesses with cutting-edge Internet resources and the ability to deploy, manage and scale mission-critical Internet operations for optimum performance and cost efficiency.